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Posted on: May 13, 2020

Arapahoe County to begin reopening County facilities to the public on May 18

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Visits will be by appointment only, with new health and safety protocols in place

 On Monday, May 18, Arapahoe County will begin reopening its facilities to the public after being closed since late-March due to the coronavirus health crisisReopened buildings will operate under significant health and safety restrictions that are designed to protect the public and County employees by slowing the spread of COVID-19. These measures – which require customers to wear mask and practice social distancing – will remain in place indefinitely, and the County will continually reevaluate its practices as new public health information, data and guidelines become available.

Most County services are available online, and residents should continue to follow safer at home guidelines and limit travel to help slow the spread of the virus. This includes any visits to County facilities, and residents should schedule appointments whenever possible rather than simply coming to a facility.

The following County facilities will open May 18

  • Administration Building
    • Appointment-only services for Assessor, Clerk & Recorder, and Treasurer Offices. Note:Driver’s license and passport services will not be available.
  • CentrePoint Plaza – Department of Human Services
    • Walk-up services for community and child support services, and for use of the TouchPay kiosk for child support payments, benefit repayments and more.
    • Child and adult protection services, and legal and finance services by appointment only
    • Drop-box available just outside the main entrance for document drop-off only.
  • Lima Plaza
    • Appointment-only services for Public Works and Development, Open Spaces, and Community Resources.
  • Sheriff’s Office
    • Open by appointment only for Concealed Handgun Program (CHP) permits and fingerprinting. CHP permit renewals can be completed online.
  • County courthouses

All residents should check ArapahoeGov.com/COVID19 for specific hours and appointment scheduling before they visit any County facility. If officials at a facility or office determine that a space’s capacity is getting too constrained to practice safe social distancing, they have the authority to limit further visits or move people to waiting areas until the number of patrons drops to an acceptable level. 

All County facilities will have no more than 50 percent of staff on site at any given time. All County employees will be required to wear masks at work, and some public-facing employees will also wear gloves when appropriate. Visitors will be required to wear masks while inside these facilities.

Each facility will have social distance markings, posted reminders about safe health and hygiene practices, queue lines, security personnel and staff monitors to ensure that employees and visitors are helping reduce the chances of exposing others to the coronavirusFacility cleaning protocols have been increased throughout the workday, and employees will wipe down individual areas between each public transaction.

For more information about Arapahoe County’s reopening protocols and health and safety guidelines, visit ArapahoeGov.com/COVID19.

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